By Chris Enloe
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez revealed recently that she is attending therapy because of the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, claiming in a radio interview that members of Congress essentially "served in war."
What did AOC say?
During an interview with Latino USA, Ocasio-Cortez called the events of Jan. 6 "extraordinarily traumatizing" and likened her experience to that of losing her father at a young age.
"After the 6th, I took some time and it was really [Rep.] Ayanna Pressley when I explained to her what happened to me, like the day of, because I ran to her office, and she was like, 'you need to recognize trauma and that this is something that you went through, but we're all going through,'" Ocasio-Cortez said.
"I feel like I learned this the hard way after my father had passed away when I was a teenager," she added. "That happened at a young age and I socked it away. I had to live with that for years."
When asked if she is "doing therapy," Ocasio-Cortez answered affirmatively, claiming former President Donald Trump left the Latino community on edge.
"Oh yeah, I'm doing therapy but also I've just slowed down," she said. "I think the Trump administration had a lot of us, especially Latino communities, in a very reactive mode."
In February, Ocasio-Cortez said she thought she "was going to die" during the Capitol riot.
What about Jan. 6?
Ocasio-Cortez went on to claim in the radio interview that "60 seconds could have meant potentially the difference between what we have right now and a martial state."
For those who disagree with her analysis of Jan 6., Ocasio-Cortez attributed pushback to "protection of mythology."
"I think the attacks on the right are about. There are certain mythologies that are really important to this idea of American exceptionalism," Ocasio-Cortez said. "But there's also certain mythologies that are very important to maintaining white supremacy; white supremacy in and of itself is a mythology. And you have to protect it in order to protect that political power, which has now become a very important base in the Republican Party. And that's why that response was so vociferous — to make it seem that it wasn't as bad as it was, and it was bad.
"There are things that happened that day that if 60 seconds went differently, if a different door was opened, if a chair wasn't barricaded in a certain way, we could have a completely different reality right now," she added.
Author: Chris Enloe